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Former WI batsman Austin dead at 60

Published:Sunday | February 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Richard Austin

KINGSTON (CMC):

Former West Indies and Jamaica all-rounder Richard 'Danny Germs' Austin has died at age 60 after being hospitalised.

Austin was an enterprising right-hander and dynamic fielder who also bowled medium pace.

He played two Tests against Australia in the 1978 series without much success, and was dropped after he signed for the controversial Kerry Packer series. Desmond Haynes and Deryck Murray were also dropped.

Then captain, Clive Lloyd, resigned in protest and, subsequently, the entire West Indies team did likewise.

Austin also played one one-day international in that Australia series, and was part of the rebel tour to South Africa in 1983.

Born on September 4, 1954, Austin also played in the Lancashire League in England for Church Cricket Club in 1978 and Enfield Cricket Club in 1982.

An outstanding all-round sportsman, Austin was also very good footballer and played in the National Premier League football competition during the 1970s for Arnett Gardens Football Club.